Bevan Slattery, an Australian technology entrepreneur, today announced what is being called HyperOne, which is Australia’s first hyperscale national fiber network and the largest private digital infrastructure project in Australia’s history. Indeed, HyperOne has the aim to revolutionize digital infrastructure in Australia. Specifically, the project will construct a more than 12.5k mile (20k+ kilometer), hyperscale national fiber network, at a cost of A$1.5bn ($1.2bn USD). Additionally, HyperOne will create more than 10k new jobs during construction for Australians.

What Will HyperOne’s Fiber Network Connect?

HyperOne will support industries such as cloud computing, data centers, environmental sciences, agricultural technology, space vehicle launch, aerospace, satellite, defense, and cybersecurity. Additionally, HyperOne will provide transmission to local distribution networks such as the National Broadband Network (which is Australia’s state-owned national wholesale open-access broadband network) and wireless carriers (e.g., Telstra).

Where Will HyperOne’s Fiber Network Connect in Australia?

HyperOne will be the first true private and national, backbone fiber optic transmission network across Australia. Specifically, the project will connect major data center hubs in every capital city, state, and territory across Australia.

Therefore, HyperOne’s network will deliver a major boost in data transmission capacity into many cities and towns across Australia. These cities includes Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, in the east of the country, which will connect through HyperOne, to cities including Perth (in the west), Adelaide (in the south), and Darwin (in the north).

HyperOne Domestic Fiber Network

Specifically, HyperOne will make Darwin (in the north) the key point of digital interconnection between Southeast Asia, which is the fastest growing digital market on earth, and Australia’s east coast. Indeed, Darwin will be the digital entrance for the rest of Asia into Australia.

How Will HyperOne Improve Australia’s Domestic Connectivity?

HyperOne will be a new generation of hyperscale fiber network. It will be capable of carrying over 10k terabits per second of data traffic. Indeed, this network capacity allows HyperOne to handle more traffic than every other national backbone built in Australia’s history, combined.

The current networks, which often use technologies like copper, have served Australia well for the past 20 years. However, these networks are nearing the end of their useful life, having capacity that was sufficient for a prior time. All the existing national transmission networks were built before there was YouTube, Netflix, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and cloud computing. Let alone any future industries that increase data usage further.

Additionally, HyperOne will address the digital divide, an issue affecting rural and remote areas globally, including Australia. Because of this, the project is adding more than 1.0k on-ramps in regional and remote Australia. These on-ramps enable underserved communities and remote areas a cost-effective way to access HyperOne.

An on-ramp is where a data center tenant like HyperOne leases a small area, of less than 20 cabinets, within a multi-tenant data center to establish a point-of-presence (PoP) – also known as an on-ramp. In turn, these on-ramps make it very easy and seamless for other tenants within that data center facility to directly connect into HyperOne, which drastically reduces connectivity bottlenecks.

How Will HyperOne Improve Australia’s International Connectivity?

HyperOne will also create new major interconnection points for more international subsea cables into Australia. Specifically, interconnection will increase between Australia and Asia, the United States, and South America. Subsea cables are incredibly important because they carry 99% of all international telecommunications traffic for business, personal, and government use.

Major Subsea Cables in Australia Include:

  • SeaMeWe-3: connects Southeast Asia, with the Middle East and Western Europe
  • Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN): connects Australia with the west coast of the United States
  • Australia-Singapore Cable (ASC): connects Australia, with Indonesia and Singapore
  • Australia-Japan Cable (AJC): connects Australia with Japan

Overall, international traffic will reach Australia through these subsea cables. Subsequently, it will travel over HyperOne’s terrestrial fiber network to reach its ultimate destination. Indeed, these locations can be at a user’s home, office, or mobile phone.

Jonathan Kim covers Fiber for Dgtl Infra, including Zayo Group, Cogent Communications (NASDAQ: CCOI), Uniti Group (NASDAQ: UNIT), Lumen Technologies (NYSE: LUMN), Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FYBR), Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL), and many more. Within Fiber, Jonathan focuses on the sub-sectors of wholesale / dark fiber, enterprise fiber, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP), and subsea cables. Jonathan has over 8 years of experience in research and writing for Fiber.


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